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Legislature

‘Most of us can agree we don’t want to be around a sick coworker’: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf calls for passage of a paid sick, family leave law
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/most-of-us-can-agree-we-dont-want-to-be-around-a-sick-coworker-pa-gov-tom-wolf-calls-for-passage-of-a-paid-sick-family-leave-law.html

Wolf calls for statewide paid sick leave
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/08/31/pennsylvania-governor-tom-Wolf-calls-for-statewide-paid-sick-leave-covid-19/stories/202008310115

September to be designated ‘Hunger Action Month’
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/september-to-be-designated-hunger-action-month/

Editorial: No more time for rancor in Harrisburg
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-no-more-time-for-rancor-in-harrisburg/article_e273a1fc-eb79-11ea-b3b3-ffd53c2a4e2d.html

We’re still against the push to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/were-still-against-the-push-to-legalize-recreational-marijuana-in-pennsylvania-editorial/article_353734d6-e985-11ea-85ab-83a27d99dea6.html

Administration

Greensburg rally pushes extension of eviction, foreclosure ban; Wolf hints at action
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/group-rallies-in-greensburg-in-support-of-11th-hour-extension-for-eviction-foreclosure-ban/

Wolf won’t extend state’s eviction moratorium, office says
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/31/wolf-wont-extend-states-eviction-moratorium-office-says/

Pa.’s moratorium on evictions has ended. Here’s what that means.
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/pa-s-moratorium-on-evictions-has-ended-heres-what-that-means/

More Pa. state agencies agree to provide up to six weeks of paid parental leave for their employees
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/more-pa-state-agencies-agree-to-provide-up-to-six-weeks-of-paid-parental-leave-for-their-employees.html

LNG plan’s vast impact isn’t local
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/lng-plans-vast-impact-isnt-local/article_92ebb609-d1e3-55f9-9dbe-04624dae8bc2.html

Gov. Wolf removes important safeguards on vaccines for children | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/08/gov-wolf-removes-important-safeguards-on-vaccines-for-children-opinion.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa.’s eviction ban expires as N.J. gives the green light to indoor dining, movie theaters, concert venues
https://.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-nj-philly-indoor-dining-movie-concert-theater-eviction-rent-unemployment-20200831.html

COVID-19 cases at Bloomsburg University now total 167; Pitt active infections top 50
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/31/Bloomsburg-University-State-System-of-Higher-Education-Pitt-Penn-State-COVID-19/stories/202008310109

Keystone College reports first three COVID-19 cases, 43 students in quarantine
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/keystone-college-reports-first-three-covid-19-cases-43-students-in-quarantine/article_a2adb7f6-b433-574e-a171-6d94fe8be70a.html

2 Montessori PreK-5 employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, Pittsburgh Public Schools says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/31/Pittsburgh-Montessori-School-two-PreK-5-employees-COVID-19-symptoms/stories/202008310138

4 Wyomissing students test positive for coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/4-wyomissing-students-test-positive-for-coronavirus/article_c66007ca-ebd9-11ea-9a5d-9f26cf1f5968.html

Peters Township High School to temporarily close after positive covid-19 cases
https://triblive.com/local/regional/peters-township-high-school-to-temporarily-close-after-positive-covid-19-cases/

Pa. Department of Health to change COVID-19 testing hours at 9 Walmarts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/31/Pennsylvania-Department-of-Health-COVID-19-testing-hours-9-Walmart-in-PA/stories/202008310126

Pandemic brings hard times for farmers, worsening hunger
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/09/01/Pandemic-brings-hard-times-for-farmers-worsening-hunger-COVID-19/stories/202009010089

9 Pa. counties listed as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate drops again
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/9-pa-counties-listed-as-areas-to-watch-for-coronavirus-statewide-positive-rate-drops-again.html

No new COVID-19 deaths reported in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/31/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-51/stories/202008310081

Allegheny County sees sharp decline in covid cases from July to August
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-sees-sharp-decline-in-covid-cases-from-july-to-august/

Westmoreland had nearly 50% fewer covid cases in August than July
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-had-nearly-50-fewer-covid-cases-in-august-than-july/

Small COVID-19 increase reported in NEPA, but no new deaths
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/small-covid-19-increase-reported-in-nepa-but-no-new-deaths/article_85804334-11ee-58ae-b1ee-b4748585797a.html

Hong Kong begins mass-testing for COVID-19 amid public doubts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/09/01/Hong-Kong-begins-mass-testing-for-coronavirus-amid-public-doubts-COVID-19/stories/202009010093

Business

Employers can defer payroll taxes for next 4 months, but employees will have to pay later
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/31/Donald-Trump-COVID-19-virus-relief-US-Congress-payroll-taxes-deferrment-business/stories/202008310082

Unemployment in Pennsylvania: 30,000 unemployed residents will not qualify for extra $300 a week in federal benefits
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/08/31/unemployment-extra-300-benefit-pennsylvania/5678891002/

Philips halts production of ventilators amid government review of contract
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/08/31/Philips-halts-production-ventilators-government-review-covid-19/stories/202008310121

Berkshire Mall sold to New York company
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/berkshire-mall-sold-to-new-york-company/article_814a2ebc-eb8f-11ea-83e4-afca76aec1b2.html

YoCo Strong Restart Grants prioritizing Black, minority-owned small businesses in York County
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/08/30/yoco-strong-restart-grant-offers-small-biz-nonprofits-covid-19-relief/5674830002/

We shouldn’t have to choose between a clean environment and more jobs. We can have both | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/we-shouldnt-have-to-choose-between-a-clean-environment-and-more-jobs-we-can-have-both-opinion/

Crime/Punishment

Two sets of brothers spent decades in prison. This may be their last chance to get out.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-brothers-prison-attorney-general-josh-shapiro-20200901.html

FBI group opposes release of woman who killed Pittsburgh agent
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/31/FBI-group-opposes-release-Christina-Korbe-killed-Pittsburgh-agent-Sam-Hicks/stories/202008310071

Reading police to start wearing body cameras
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-police-to-start-wearing-body-cameras/article_579569c6-ebce-11ea-b7f4-ef08715f8eee.html

Police and prison guards demand compliance. That only makes situations worse for people with serious mental illness in Pa.
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/01/police-and-prison-guards-demand-compliance-that-only-makes-situations-worse-for-people-with-serious-mental-illness/

Education

York City school board furloughs nearly 100 support staff
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/education/2020/08/31/york-city-school-board-furloughs-nearly-100-support-staff/3452349001/

Scranton School Board delays vote on furloughing 223 employees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/scranton-school-board-delays-vote-on-furloughing-223-employees/article_89eb713d-33cc-53dd-8903-a9caecf3fc16.html

It’s ‘back to school’ in a virtual world
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/its-back-to-school-in-a-virtual-world/article_fd4a6d8e-ebd9-11ea-96ae-f7cffd48e510.html

USDA extends free meal programs through December
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/08/31/bucks-schools-continue-free-meals-students-through-december/3446599001/

Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson was a giant in every sense | Mike Jensen
https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/villanova/john-thompson-died-georgetown-coach-20200831.html

Alabama coach Nick Saban leads Black Lives Matter march in Tuscaloosa
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2020/08/alabama-coach-nick-saban-leads-black-lives-matter-march-in-tuscaloosa.html

Elections/Politics

In Hazelwood speech, Biden says Trump has ‘fomented’ fear and violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/31/joe-biden-pittsburgh-campaign-trump-hazelwood-green/stories/202008310089

Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Pittsburgh, says he’s not banning fracking
https://triblive.com//politics-election/joe-biden-makes-campaign-stop-in-pittsburgh-says-hes-not-banning-fracking/

Fact-checking Joe Biden in Pennsylvania on his fracking policy
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/joe-biden-pa-fracking-fact-check-20200901.html

Biden’s confusing stand on fracking
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/09/01/Biden-s-confusing-stand-on-fracking/stories/202008260066

Battle for Luzerne County continues Tuesday with Pence visit to Exeter
https://www.timesleader.com/news/799681/battle-for-luzerne-county-continues-tuesday-with-pence-visit-to-exeter

County prepares to face challenges as election nears
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/county-prepares-to-face-challenges-as-election-nears/article_710d8baa-0438-52dc-8ca9-bf5404095c66.html

Health Care

Tower Health reports steep COVID-19 related losses
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/hospitals-losses-philadelphia-layoffs-tower-jefferson-pennsylvania-drexel-chestnut-hill-20200901.html

UPMC Hospitals recognized for LGBTQ policies
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/upmc-hospitals-recognized-for-lgbtq-policies/

Local News

PUC denies county petition, finds ‘factual dispute’ on DELCORA rate plan
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/puc-denies-county-petition-finds-factual-dispute-on-delcora-rate-plan/article_263593cc-ebcb-11ea-a3a4-77f0a1a690d7.html

Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale settles lawsuit over social media censorship
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-commissioner-joe-gale-settles-lawsuit-over-social-media-censorship/article_1b2bd63a-2260-5788-be43-c0fc3f1e2701.html

Six Bucks fire companies, rescue squads receive FEMA grants, Fitzpatrick announces
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/09/01/bucks-fire-companies-receive-grants-fema/3445928001/

First Luzerne County tax auction of 2020 set for arena
https://www.timesleader.com/news/799679/first-luzerne-county-tax-auction-of-2020-set-for-arena

Luzerne County committee studying options for former juvenile detention center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/799677/luzerne-county-committee-studying-options-for-former-juvenile-detention-center

National News

‘He was our king’: Chadwick Boseman’s death yet another loss for Black people | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/chadwick-boseman-death-black-panther-obituary-grief-20200831.html

Philly

PFT contract expires, no deal reached; district trying to ’shake down’ teachers, union chief says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/pft-contract-philadelphia-teachers-school-district-20200831.html

Homeless encampment on Parkway must clear out by Sept. 9, city announces
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-homeless-encampment-eviction-notice-parkway-pha-20200831.html

While most Philly charters are opening virtually, this school started in person
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-schools-reopening-discovery-charter-first-day-20200831.html

Feds allege a kickback scheme at the Philly VA hospital
https://www.inquirer.com/news/veterans-affairs-philadelphia-vamc-bribery-ralph-johnson-kickbacks-earron-starks–20200831.html

For CCT riders, booking a same-day trip is a hope. So is using a SEPTA Key card.
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-cct-connect-key-card-reservations-coronavirus-20200901.html

Mayor Kenney apologizes after photo showed him dining inside Maryland restaurant
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/jim-kenney-indoor-dining-photo-maryland-philadelphia-mayor-coronavirus-20200831.html

New York developer Durst is among bidders competing for Penn’s Landing site eyed by 76ers
https://www.inquirer.com/business/penns-landing-arena-durst-76ers-sixers-delaware-river-basketball-20200831.html

‘A recipe for chaos and tragedy’: Philly restaurants shouldn’t reopen indoor dining at all | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/indoor-dining-philadelphia-restaurants-reopening-mayor-kenney-coronavirus-20200831.html

High school kids should be allowed to play sports if casinos and bars can open | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-high-school-sports-catholic-league-public-league-coronavirus-covid-20200831.html

A Philly school flunked students during the pandemic, then charged for summer school
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/01/a-philly-school-flunked-students-during-the-pandemic-then-charged-for-summer-school/

Pitt

From fruit to floor plates: Offices could be back as part of Strip District produce terminal rehab
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/09/01/Strip-District-produce-terminal-McCaffery-1600-Smallman-Fine-Wine-Good-Spirits/stories/202009010073

Intruder shot dead by accomplice while fleeing Wilkinsburg home invasion
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/09/01/Police-investigate-fatal-shooting-in-Wilkinsburg/stories/202009010094

With eviction moratorium expiring, local activists push for more time
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/08/31/Allegheny-County-pittsburgh-eviction-moratorium-expiring-activists-push-more-time/stories/202008310070

Pittsburghers remember Chadwick Boseman’s artistic influence on Steel City
https://triblive.com/aande/movies-tv/pittsburghers-remember-chadwick-bosemans-artistic-influence-on-steel-city/

Allegheny County courts extend judicial emergency through December
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/31/allegheny-county-Common-Pleas-Court-extends-judicial-emergency-through-December-covid-19/stories/202008310119

State News

Black leaders call for full investigation into Pa. Supreme Court justice’s alleged remarks
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/31/Pennsylvania-Supreme-Court-Cynthia-Baldwin-Justice-Saylor-discipline-board/stories/202008310090

Spotted lanternflies encroach on Weatherly area
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/spotted-lanternflies-encroach-on-weatherly-area/article_660bcd92-a998-51fa-803b-578c1e3221fe.html

Pa. court throws out ‘good moral’ clause for beauty license, calling it ‘absurd’
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200830/pa-court-throws-out-good-moral-clause-for-beauty-license-calling-it-absurd

Washington

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback
https://triblive.com/news/wire-stories/trump-administration-finalizes-coal-plant-pollution-rollback/

Report recommends more support for grandparents raising grandchildren
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/report-recommends-more-support-for-grandparents-raising-grandchildren/article_623a84f6-25be-534f-9ae8-3307f85de1f1.html

COVID-19 is a wake-up call: It’s high time for action on our climate crisis | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/covid-19-is-a-wake-up-call-its-high-time-for-action-on-our-climate-crisis-opinion/